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How to change the voice in Apple Maps

There are a lot of options, but you'll need to be happy with them across your device.
January 26, 2023

As important as the visual aspect of a navigation app is, voice guidance can be just as crucial for some people, if not moreso. If you’re finding that the current voice in Apple Maps isn’t cutting it, here’s how to change it on your iPhone.


To change the voice in Apple Maps, you'll have to tweak Siri settings. Open the iPhone Settings app and go to Siri and Search > Siri Voice. Experiment with different Variety and Voice combinations.

How to change the Apple Maps voice

The reality is that Apple Maps uses the same voice as Siri elsewhere on your iPhone. It’s inseparable, so you’ll have to change Siri’s sound to affect Maps.

Follow these steps:

  • Open your iPhone’s Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select Siri and Search.
  • Tap Siri Voice.
  • Pick an accent/dialect under Variety. Thankfully English has several options, including American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, and South African. Don’t worry, this only changes how Siri sounds, not your iPhone’s system language.
  • Pick a Voice for alternate versions of a Variety. Note that while most English Varieties have two Voices, American has five. Switch between Voices to hear samples.

That’s it — once your iPhone has finished downloading the new voice, it should kick in everywhere. This also impacts a paired Apple Watch, so bear that in mind.

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